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A real "Hitchcock" for Kids!
11-year old Victor is both thrilled and mystified when his family moves into his grand-uncle’s somber mansion filled with African masks, taxidermy crocodile mounts - and a dark secret: Four decades ago, his grand-cousin Cecilia, at the same age as he is now, lost her life, and the circumstances of her death still remain obscure.

Alone with his teenage sisters, Victor plays with his sword in front of the big mirror in the parlor - and is shocked when he sees the reflection of a masked man! A burglar? The gruff, elderly housekeeper, thinks it was just Victor’s imagination running wild. Or is she trying to draw a veil over the truth?

When Victor finds Cecilia's diary in a secret drawer her wax paintings sends shivers down his spine, did Cecilia foresee her own murder?...



Short Synopsis
Victor is both thrilled and mystified when his family moves into his grand-uncle’s somber mansion filled with African masks, taxidermy crocodile mounts - and a dark secret: Four decades ago, his grand-cousin Cecilia, at the same age as he is now, lost her life in the mansion’s impressive staircase, and the circumstances of her death still remain obscure.

Alone with his teenage sisters while his parents are travelling, Victor plays with his sword in front of the big mirror in the parlor - and is appalled when he sees the reflection of a masked man! A burglar? But how could he have gotten into the house when all doors were locked from inside? Mrs. Debisch, the gruff, elderly housekeeper, thinks it was just Victor’s imagination running riot. Or is she trying to draw a veil over the truth?

With his detective instinct kindled, he finds Cecila’s diary in a secret drawer of his grand-uncle’s desk. Her wax crayon drawings send shivers down his spine: He sees a little girl haunted throughout the mansion by a pair of glaring eyes, and on one picture she even seems to be pushed down the staircase! Did Cecilia foresee her own death – her own murder? What was she trying to express talking in riddles and pictures?


Victor makes a vow to unravel the mystery. Immersing into Cecilia’s world, he does not only discover one-way mirrors and secret passages, but also ways to overcome his own fears. While the grim-looking Mrs. Debisch is his prime suspect, everybody else seems to hide a secret, too: her middle-aged milksop son Friedrich, the shady neighbor Mr. Strichninsky, and the grand-uncle’s old friend, Mr. Opitz, who tends to spill the beans after having one too many. When Victor finally uncovers the truth, it turns out to
be strikingly different from what he expected….

But what would CROCODILE MANSION be without crocodiles? Although the name of the mysterious villa is in fact owed to the taxidermy mounts which lead Victor to Cecilia’s secret, in a dream sequence starring 10 extremely snappy and capricious actors the crocodile mounts become alive – and that day of shooting was almost as enthralling as a good suspense film!



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Cast & Crew
The excellent cast consists of highly acclaimed German actors like the wonderful Gudrun Ritter (BOXHAGENER PLATZ) who reminds of REBECCA’s Mrs. Danvers in her role as Mrs. Debisch, Christoph Maria Herbst (HUI BUH: THE GOOFY GHOST) as her son, and Waldemar Kobus (WICKIE AND THE TREASURE OF THE GODS) as the suspicious neighbor Mr. Strichninsky.

The three young leading roles, Victors and his teenage sisters Cora and Louise, are played by three real siblings, Kristo, Joanna, and Vijessna Ferkic, which makes their interaction very authentic. In spite of their young age, all of these three German-Croatian actors look back upon an impressive filmography: Besides various other roles, 13-year old Kristo played the name part of the young prince Henri in the epic period film HENRI IV by director Jo Baier, and Vijessna even played a supporting role (Sophie) in the Academy Award winner THE READER next to Kate Winslet and Ralph Fiennes.



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Genre   Family / Adventure / Suspense
CountryGermany
Running Time                                   91min
Format   1:2,35
LanguageEnglish Dub available soon, OV German
German ReleaseMarch 22, 2012, Constantin Film
ScriptEckhard Vollmar
Cyrill Boss
Philipp Stennert
Original TitleDAS HAUS DER KROKODILE
Based onThe novel of the same title by Helmut
Ballot published by Vandenberg
DirectorsCyrill Boss
Philipp Stennert
ProducerChristian Becker
Production Company  Rat Pack Filmproduktion GmbH
CastKristo Ferkic
Joanna Ferkic
Vijessna Ferkic
Gudrun Ritter
Christoph Maria Herbst
Waldemar Kobus
Uwe Friedrichsen
Thomas Ohrner

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